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Here is a great book co-written by one of the late John Wooden’s former players, Andrew Hill, who went on to be a greater success off the court than he ever was on the court. He attributes much of his success to the 21 secrets he learned while playing for John Wooden at UCLA. Take a look at the list then pick up the book it is a great read. 

Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Andrew Hill & John Wooden

Secret #1: The Team With The Best Players Almost Always Wins

Secret #2: Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Secret #3: Focus On Effort, Not Winning

Secret #4: Keep It Simple

Secret #5: Make Your “Yes” Mean Yes

Secret #6: Balance Is Everything

Secret #7: A Good Leader is First & Foremost, A Teacher

Secret #8: Game Time Is When The Coach’s Job Is almost Over

Secret #9: A Great Leader Cannot Worry About Being Well Liked

Secret #10: Great Leaders Give Credit To Others, But Accept The Blame Themselves

Secret #11: Seek Consistency—Avoid Peaks & Valleys

Secret #12: Fairness Is Giving All People The Treatment They Earn & Deserve

Secret #13: The Team That Makes The Most Mistakes…Wins!

Secret #14: Surround Yourself With Strong, Opinionated People

Secret #15: Teamwork Is Not A Preference, It’s A Necessity

Secret #16: Rules Are Made To Be Followed, Not Broken

Secret #17: Concentrate On Your Team, Not The Opposition

Secret #18: Adjust To Your Players—Don’t Expect Them All To Adjust To You

Secret #19: Failing To Prepare is Preparing To Fail

Secret #20: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Secret #21: Be Honest, Direct, & Willing To Risk It All For Your Beliefs

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Make everyday your masterpiece.

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

If you’re not making mistakes then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.

Below are a selection of some of my favorite leadership quotes that I have encountered recently in books, newsletters, classes attended, podcast, blogs, twitter etc. Many times a good quote can be a catalyst to remind us of lessons learned that we need to reapply to our leadership anew or it can be a catalyst to learn something entirely new that we have never considered before. It is my hope you will find at least a couple of these an inspiration to lead your team with a new and fresh perspective today.

Enjoy!

  • Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.   Jack Welch
  • Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you have no title or position.   Brian Tracy
  • In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand.   John C. Maxwell
  • Failure is success if we learn from it.   Malcolm Forbes
  • If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck’s back.  Ellen HS Richards
  • Connecting is never about me. It’s about the person with whom I am communicating.   John Maxwell
  • Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.   Stephen Covey
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.   John Wooden
  • Keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.   George Bernard Shaw
  • The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.   Helen Keller
  • All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.   T.E. Lawrence
  • You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.   John Wooden
  • Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
  • We need to stop spending so much time trying to make ourselves look more interesting and start spending more time being interested.  Jim Collins
  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy & character. But if you must be without one be without strategy. Norman Schwarzkopf.
  • Every great organization is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of his organization.  R W Emerson

After the recent passing of John Wooden I was reflecting upon the legacy this incredible man left in his wake. The legacy goes way beyond winning championships. John Wooden’s life is a powerful example of servant leadership and the power of investing your life in the lives of others so that they may become successful.

Watching all the stories about his life and the impact he had on so many lives through the years is an inspiration to us all. He was first of all a Christ follower who preached his sermons with the integrity of his life lived before all who knew him. His humble servant attitude despite all his accomplishments is a great example for all of us to follow.

Recently I posted a summary of his 21 Secrets to Great Leadership as revealed by one of his former players,  Andrew Hill.  As I reflected back on reading this book today I thought of how great a testimony of John Wooden this book actually is. Andrew Hill is not a household name to most sports fan like Bill Walton or Kareem among others that Wooden coached over the years, but he is one of John Wooden’s former players. A player who never played a great deal during the dynasty years, but who learned far more sitting on the bench than he ever fully realized until years later. Andrew has become successful in life and career and he attributes the foundation of his success to the leadership lessons learned while playing for Wooden.

Amazon.com’s book review sums up the story very nicely here:

“John Wooden was named ESPN’s Coach of the Century for the way he led his UCLA basketball team to the top of the sporting world in the 1960s and ’70s. Andrew Hill was a rebellious and sparingly used reserve on the squad before becoming a successful television executive. While it’s doubtful that either would have predicted it at the time, the lessons imparted on the court by Wooden eventually helped Hill reach the top of his profession. And in Be Quick–but Don’t Hurry, named for one of the legendary coach’s ubiquitous aphorisms, the now-grateful protégé translates that sage advice into 21 “secrets” that may help others realize similar accomplishments. Like the title, the counsel can usually be boiled down into short expressions that are deceptively simple. Examples include “Focus on effort, not winning,” “Balance is EVERYTHING,” “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail,” and “The team with the best players almost always wins.” To show their relevance and power, Hill fleshes them out with solid examples from the hardwood as well as the business world. And with the track record Wooden has compiled, who are we not to take them seriously?”Howard Rothman

I am re-posting these 21 Secrets to Great Leadership from an earlier blog. Check them out and then pick up the book for a great example of how investing in the lives of others can create a legacy far greater than winning championships.


John Wooden’s 21 Secrets to Great Leadership

Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Andrew Hill & John Wooden

Secret #1: The Team With The Best Players Almost Always Wins

Secret #2: Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Secret #3: Focus On Effort, Not Winning

Secret #4: Keep It Simple

Secret #5: Make Your “Yes” Mean Yes

Secret #6: Balance Is Everything

Secret #7: A Good Leader is First & Foremost, A Teacher

Secret #8: Game Time Is When The Coach’s Job Is almost Over

Secret #9: A Great Leader Cannot Worry About Being Well Liked

Secret #10: Great Leaders Give Credit To Others, But Accept The Blame Themselves

Secret #11: Seek Consistency—Avoid Peaks & Valleys

Secret #12: Fairness Is Giving All People The Treatment They Earn & Deserve

Secret #13: The Team That Makes The Most Mistakes…Wins!

Secret #14: Surround Yourself With Strong, Opinionated People

Secret #15: Teamwork Is Not A Preference, It’s A Necessity

Secret #16: Rules Are Made To Be Followed, Not Broken

Secret #17: Concentrate On Your Team, Not The Opposition

Secret #18: Adjust To Your Players—Don’t Expect Them All To Adjust To You

Secret #19: Failing To Prepare is Preparing To Fail

Secret #20: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Secret #21: Be Honest, Direct, & Willing To Risk It All For Your Beliefs

Here is a great book I read recently co-written by one of John Wooden’s former players, Andrew Hill, who went on to be a greater success off the court than he ever was on the court. He attributes much of his success to the 21 secrets he learned while playing for John Wooden at UCLA. Take a look at the list then pick up the book it is a great read.

Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Andrew Hill & John Wooden

Secret #1: The Team With The Best Players Almost Always Wins

Secret #2: Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Secret #3: Focus On Effort, Not Winning

Secret #4: Keep It Simple

Secret #5: Make Your “Yes” Mean Yes

Secret #6: Balance Is Everything

Secret #7: A Good Leader is First & Foremost, A Teacher

Secret #8: Game Time Is When The Coach’s Job Is almost Over

Secret #9: A Great Leader Cannot Worry About Being Well Liked

Secret #10: Great Leaders Give Credit To Others, But Accept The Blame Themselves

Secret #11: Seek Consistency—Avoid Peaks & Valleys

Secret #12: Fairness Is Giving All People The Treatment They Earn & Deserve

Secret #13: The Team That Makes The Most Mistakes…Wins!

Secret #14: Surround Yourself With Strong, Opinionated People

Secret #15: Teamwork Is Not A Preference, It’s A Necessity

Secret #16: Rules Are Made To Be Followed, Not Broken

Secret #17: Concentrate On Your Team, Not The Opposition

Secret #18: Adjust To Your Players—Don’t Expect Them All To Adjust To You

Secret #19: Failing To Prepare is Preparing To Fail

Secret #20: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Secret #21: Be Honest, Direct, & Willing To Risk It All For Your Beliefs